Journal of the House of Commons: Volume 4, 1644-1646. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1802.
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Die Lunæ, 2 die Februarii, 1645.
AN Ordinance for settling an Increase of Maintenance upon divers Ministers, in several of the Counties mentioned in the said Ordinance, was this Day read the First time, and ordered to be read the Second time, on Monday next, between the Hours of Ten and Twelve.
Sir Robert Pye went to the Lords, to desire a Conference, at such time as their Lordships shall think fit, concerning Propositions to be speedily sent to the King.
He likewise carried to the Lords the Order for Dr. Wincop to have Dr. Braye's Books; and the Order for Sir Charles Egerton to have Five hundred Pounds, out of the Sequestrations of certain Persons in Yorkeshire.
Ordered, That, To-morrow Morning, the first Business, the Report concerning Ireland be made, from the Committee of Lords and Commons for the Affairs of Ireland.
A Message from the Lords, by Sir Edward Leech and Mr. Page;
The Lords have commanded us to return unto you this Ordinance: It is for the Payment of Two-and-thirty thousand Pounds out of the Excise, for the Pay of the Guards of the City of London: The Lords have agreed to it, with these Alterations; to which they desire your Concurrence.
The Lords Amendment to the Ordinance was read; and, upon the Question, assented unto; and the Ordinance ordered to be printed.
Answer returned by the same Messengers;
The House hath considered your Message; and do agree with the Lords in the Amendment to the Ordinance for Two-and-thirty thousand Pounds for the City of London, out of the Excise.
Sir Robert Pye brings Answer, That the Lords will give you a present Conference upon the Subject-Matter desired: And, as to the other Orders carried by him to the Lords, they will send Answer by Messengers of their own.
Ordered, That the Debate and Consideration, concerning the Ordinance touching the Northern Association, be resumed on Wednesday next.
Ordered, That both the Sermons appointed to be preached before the House of Commons, on Thursday next, being the Day of Publick Thanksgiving, be, in the Forenoon, and at the Church of St. Margaret's, Westminster: And that the Ministers appointed to preach have notice hereof.
Upon Reading of the humble Petition of the Inhabitants of Uffington in the County of Lincolne; shewing, That one Mr. South, late Rector of the said Parish, for Scandal of Life, and Malignancy to the Parliament, is ejected; and one Mr. Henry Field, an Orthodox Divine, is lately put in his place, by Authority of Parliament; since which the said South hath resigned his Interest into the King's Hands, in whose Right the Presentation is; it being above Twenty Pounds in the King's Books;
It is Ordered and Ordained, by the Lords and Commons in Parliament assembled, That the Commissioners of the Great Seal are hereby authorized and desired to grant the Presentation of the said Rectory of Uffington to the said Mr. Henry Field any thing to the contrary in any wise; notwithstanding.
The King's last Letter, according to former Order, was read.
Resolved, &c. That the King's Letter hath given no Satisfaction, touching the Lord Herbert's Authority to negotiate with the Rebels in Ireland.
Resolved, &c. That a Copy of the Privy-Seal, and Articles taken in the Bishop of Thuam's Carriages, shall be sent to the King; with the Answer to this last Letter.
Resolved, &c. That, To-morrow Morning, the first Business, peremptorily, the King's last Letter shall be taken into further Consideration: And that Mr. Speaker put the House in mind hereof.
Ordered, &c. That the Secretary of both Kingdoms do deliver unto the Committee where Mr. Tate hath the Chair, the Letters lately taken near Sherborne in Yorkshire: And that they do meet this Afternoon, and give Order for the Printing of all such as are fit to be printed.
AN Ordinance for granting the Parsonage or Rectory of the Church of Kirklington, in the North-Riding of the County of York, unto Philip Nisbett, Master of Arts, was this Day read the First and Second time; and, upon the Question; committed unto the Northern Committee where Sir Thomas Widdrington has the Chair.
Upon Mr. Prideaux, Report from the Committee of Lords and Commons for the Admiralty and CinquePorts;
It is Ordered, That Dr. Walker, as Advocate of the Admiralty and Cinque-Ports, being obliged to be of Counsel for the State, in all Causes both of Reprisal, and other Matters of Interest, in the Admiralty-Court, as also in all criminal Matters concerning the Fleet, to which no Perquisites are incident, shall have and receive the Fee of One hundred Pounds per Annum, in respect of the said Service; to be paid quarterly by the Treasurer of the Navy, by Order of the Committee of the Navy, during his the said Dr. Walker's Exercise of the said Place; and to commence from the Feast of St. Michael the Archangel, which was in the Year of our Lord 1644.
And further, in regard the said Dr Walker may be often employed at Sea, in the Execution of the said Place, in reference to the Fleet, which must necessarily prejudice him in his Practice at Home during his Employment Abroad; It is likewise Ordered, That over and above the said Fee of One hundred Pounds per Annum, he the said Dr.Walker shall, by like Order of the said Committee of the Navy, have allowed and paid to him, by the said Treasurer of the Navy, the Sum of Twenty Shillings per diem extraordinary, for every Day that he the said Dr. Walker shall be employed Abroad, as aforesaid, in the Service of the State.
The Lords Concurrence to be desired herein.
An Ordinance for Securing and Paying of One thousand Pounds, out of the Receipts of the Excise, with Interest to be paid to the Committee of Accompts, or such as they shall appoint, for and towards the Payment of the Train of Artillery of the Earl of Essex and Sir Wm. Waller, was this Day read; and, upon the Question, passed; and ordered to . . sent to the Lords for their Concurrence.
Ordered, That the Committee of Accompts, in the Payment of this Money, do take care, in the first place, to satisfy such Persons of either of the Trains of Artillery, as have heretofore received no Monies from the Parliament.
Ordered, That the humble Petition of Christian Elders, Servant to John Muller, Merchant-Stranger, be referred to the Committee of Petitions where Mr. John Goodwyn has the Chair.
The humble Petition of John Fitz-James was this Day read: Whereupon
It is Ordered, as followeth, That, whereas John FitzJames of Leweston in the County of Dorset, Esquire, did lend and advance, for the Service of the Parliament, the Sum of Thirteen hundred Pounds, upon the Eighteenth Day of August 1642, for which divers Members of this House stand engaged; which should; by Ordinance of Parliament, bearing Date the Eleventh of April 1643, have been then paid, with the Interest thereof (the Money being the Portions of the Sisters of the said John Fitz-James); and as yet there is paid but One hundred and Thirty Pounds, for Part of the Interest of the said Sum, and no more; it is thereupon Ordered, That the Sum of Thirteen hundred Pounds, together with all the Residue of the Interest thereof, unsatisfied, after the Rate of Eight Pound per Centum, from the said Eighteenth Day of August, unto the Time of the full Payment thereof, shall be forthwith paid unto the said John Fitz-James, by the Committee of Goldsmiths-Hall, out of . . . Moiety of the Compositions and Fines of such Delinquents as live within, or are of, the Counties of Dorsett and Somersett, and have already, or shall hereafter compound at Goldsmiths-Hall, as is not charged formerly for Sir Thomas Fairfaxe's Army.
The humble Petition of Dame Martha Brent, Wife of Sir Nathanael Brent Knight, was this Day read; and nothing done upon it.
Ordered, That Sir Thomas Maleverer, a Member of this House, shall have Leave to go into the Country for a Fortnight.
A Letter from the Commissioners of both Houses, residing with the Scotts Army before Newark, of 31 Januarii 1645, from Grantham; with the Summons from the Commissioners, and Answer of the Governor, and Articles for the Rendition of Belvoir-Castle; were this Day read.
The House being informed, That Captain Henry Markbam, who brought the Letters, was at the Door;
He was called in; and related the Particulars according to the said Letters.
Ordered, That Captain Henry Markham shall have the Sum of One hundred Marks bestowed upon him, as a Gift from this House, for his good Service against BelvoirCastle, and other Services performed by him for the Parliament: And that this Hundred Marks be paid by the Committee of Lords and Commons for Advance of Monies, at Haberdashers-Hall: And it is recommended to the said Committee, to take care for the speedy and present Payment of the same.
The Lords Concurrence to be desired herein.
Ordered, That the Sum of Six hundred Pounds be forthwith paid by the Committee at Goldsmiths-Hall, out of the Moiety of the Compositions there, not charged for the Pay of Sir Thomas Fairfaxe's Army; to be paid to the Treasurer for the County of Lincoln, or his Assigns, and employed for the Payment of One Week's Pay, upon Accompt, to the Forces that were employed for the Takeing in of Belvoir-Castle, in such manner as the Commissioners of both Houses residing with the Scotts Army before Newark shall direct: And Sir Anthony Irby is desired to take care for the speedy Payment of this Six hundred Pounds accordingly.
Ordered, That the Three hundred and Fifty Pounds, formerly appointed for the Conveying of the Mortar-piece at Redding to Belvoir-Castle, be paid over to the Commissioners of both Houses, residing with the Scotts Army before Newark; to be by them disposed for Providing of Mortar-pieces for the Service against Newark, in such manner as the said Commissioners shall direct: And that the former Order, touching the Mortar-piece at Redding, be revoked.
Captain Markham was again called in: And Mr. Speaker, by Command of the House, acquainted him, That the House did take notice of the great Mercy of God in Reducing of Belvoir-Castle, and of his good Service there; and had bestowed one hundred Marks upon him for the same.
Ordered, That the Ordinance concerning Richard Hill and Wm. Pennoyer, Merchants; and the Ordinance concerning the French Merchants; be read, the first Business, on Monday next, in the Afternoon.
Ordered, That the humble Petitions of the Officers Wives and Widows under-named, and the Petition of Thomasina Thistlethwayt and Alice Gun, be referred to Mr. Auditor Broad; to certify and state the Accompts due to the Petitioners; to the end the House may take the Petitioners Desires into further Consideration.
Ordered, That the Report of the whole Business, concerning Mr. Auditor Broad, be made on Saturday next.
The humble Petition of Dame Martha Brent, the Wise of Sir Nathanael Brent, was read; and nothing at all done upon it.
Ordered, That Commissary-General Bebir, Major Samuel Boza, Lieutenant Fetenbough, Quartermaster Smyth, and Two Trumpeters, belonging to Major Boza his Troop, being employed by Order of the Committee of both Kingdoms, at the time of the Reducement of the Army under the Command of the Earl of Essex, shall not suffer for their Absence, while they were employed in that Service of the State; but that they shall have, as others, the Fortnight's Pay due for the Reducement, and the Fifth-Part of their Arrears: And it is referred to the Committee of the Army, to consider of, and state, what is due unto them; and to propose some Way, How it may accordingly be paid unto them.
Ordered, That, on Wednesday Morning next, the first Business after Mr. Speaker comes to the Chair, Sir Robert Harley make Report of the Return of a Burgess to serve for the Borough of East-Greensteed in the County of Sussex.